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Why you gain weight after starting to exercise?

Updated: Mar 5, 2020

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It's a new year, a new a decade and I have made a goal to be healthier!!

Is that a goal you have made before?

I certainly have for almost every year since my oldest daughter was born.

So for the last 5 years...

But this year would be different!!

I was going to succeed!!

So I found a meal plan, an exercise program, and committed to seeing results...

Well it's January 14th of this new year and I got to say, it's been a little discouraging having put on an extra 5 pounds instead of losing them...

So why is that? Why is it that instead of instantly losing weight when starting a new healthy routine, do I not see results?

Here you'll find 7 different reasons that could result in weight gain instead of weight loss.

7 Reasons you Could be Gaining Weight

1) Muscles

Now I can almost hear the "what?!?!" How are my muscles causing me to gain weight.

There a few reasons:

  1. Muscles are more dense than fat. As you workout, your muscles are going to seem heavier than the fat.

  2. Muscles tear and retain water and become sore, got to love that sore feeling after a good workout. But this can cause you muscles to hold on to a bit more water to heal them.

  3. Muscles require a lot more fuel at first, once they have become accustomed to working out, they will not need as much.